Ask the Experts- November 2019

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: November 13, 2019

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

There were several incidences of Hepatitis A in my community due to someone who worked in a deli counter at our local supermarket. Can you explain Hepatitis A to me? Thank you Red Hot Mamas for all you do to promote good health.


Dear Lauren,

Hepatitis A is spread primarily through food or water contaminated by feces from an infected person. It can also be spread through contact with infected blood.

Symptoms of hepatitis can include jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low grade fever and headache).

If you have any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor and he/she will run blood tests to check to see if you have become infected with hepatitis A.

Here are a few things for you to do to prevent Hepatitis A:

* Get vaccinated with hepatitis A vaccine.

* Practice good hygiene – wash your hands carefully with soap and water following bowel movements.

* Be careful where you travel especially in countries where sanitary conditions are poor.

For more information, contact the Hepatitis Prevention Programs,

Thank you for writing to Red Hot Mamas.

Hope this information is helpful to you.